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Study of Patients With Strongyloides Stercoralis Infection

This study has been completed
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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First received: November 3, 1999
Last updated: August 24, 2009
Last Verified: May 2009
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This study will explore faster and easier ways to detect infection with the intestinal parasite Strongyloides stercoralis and learn more about the conditions under which it causes serious disease. Ordinarily, the Strongyloides helminth (type of intestinal worm) causes only few, if any, symptoms, but in people with weakened immunity it may be very serious, and even deadly.

People between 5 and 80 years of age with known or suspected S. stercoralis infection, or infection with another helminth, such as filariasis, that might cause a cross-reaction with S. stercoralis may be eligible for this study.

Participants found to be infected with S. stercoralis will be treated with ivermectin, thiabendazole, or albendazole. In addition, they will undergo the following tests and procedures:

  • Blood tests and stool samples: Samples will be collected before and after treatment to check general health status and immune function, and to look for parasites in stool. Up to 50 milliliters (10 teaspoons) of blood will be drawn in adults and up to 25 ml (5 teaspoons) in children.
  • Skin tests: A test similar to those used for tuberculosis and allergies will be
conducted to determine if there is sensitization to products of the parasite. Such a test might be used as a rapid method to diagnose the infection. About three drops of several different antigens (proteins) are injected into the skin of the arm. After 15 to 20 minutes, the area is checked to see if a red spot has formed and, if so, the spot is measured.

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Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Study of Patients With Known or Suspected Infection With Strongyloides Stercoralis

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Enrollment: 650
Study Start Date: August 1989
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Detailed Description:

This study is directed to patients with known or suspected Strongyloides stercoralis infection because it is a relatively common parasitic infection, even in the United States. It is difficult to diagnose, and efficacy of treatment is difficult to evaluate. Some infected individuals can develop serious even fatal, disease under certain conditions of immunosuppression. Because newer diagnostic methods are needed to diagnose this infection, we have developed new diagnostics that will be evaluated in comparison to more standard diagnostic tests. Serum and cells will also be collected from patients on this protocol to understand the cellular and humoral response to the parasite and its antigens. All subjects proven to have Strongyloides stercoralis infection will be treated with standard therapy and followed to assess both the efficacy of treatment and the changes in humoral and cellular immune responses induced by treatment.



Ages Eligible for Study: 8 Years to 80 Years  
Sexes Eligible for Study: All  
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No  


Age of 5 to 80 years and of either sex.
Access to primary medical care provider outside of the NIH
Ability to give written informed consent (for adults) and parental consent (for those under 18)
Presence of known or suspected infection with Stronglyloides stercoralis, such as significant peripheral blood eosinophilia (greater than 1000 eosinophils/mm(3)) for which no other cause is apparent.
Willingness to participate and provide blood for in vitro assays and serum storage.

Exclusion Criteria:

    Less than 5 years of age
    Pregnancy is not a criterion for exclusion.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001245


United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892

Sponsors and Collaborators

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
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NIH Clinical Center Detailed Web Page

Responsible Party: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier: NCT00001245   History of Changes  
Other Study ID Numbers: 890174  
Study First Received: November 3, 1999  
Last Updated: August 24, 2009  

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Immediate Hypersensitivity Skin Test
Skin Test
Intestinal Helminth
Immediate Hypersensitivity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases
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